When the weather starts to warm and your family is moving outdoors, you may start to notice an irritating problem. Pesky mosquitoes appreciate the warm weather as much as we do and they can start making time in your backyard miserable. These mosquito control tips from Senske Services will show you how to get rid of mosquitoes once and for all, so you can start enjoying your outdoor living space again.
Types of Mosquito Control for Preventing Mosquitoes in Your Backyard
Everyone knows that mosquitoes are irritating, but mosquito borne viruses can be spread from person to person through mosquito bites. To prevent mosquito bites, it isn’t enough to simply kill mosquitoes when you see them. Preventing mosquitoes from nesting on your property should be your first priority.
If you’re serious about preventing mosquitoes from ruining your summer, you have a few options to help control their populations using an integrative approach to address the problem.
First, you need to make your backyard inhospitable to mosquitoes. Removing tall grasses and any source of standing water will help control their populations. Mosquitos lay their eggs in standing water and will use a calm area like bird baths, flower pots, or ponds as a breeding ground. Unfortunately, it takes just a fraction of an inch of water to make mosquito breeding possible and heavy rain can create the right environment for new mosquitoes to grow, so sometimes removing water is not enough.
A second, more effective option is professional mosquito spraying. Even here you have choices, though. Some sprays are designed to kill adult mosquitoes and can be hard on your yard and your family while other sprays are designed to repel mosquitoes more naturally, allowing you to enjoy your backyard without risk.
What options are right for your yard? Truthfully, you will likely need a mixture of environmental control and spraying. Senske can help you make a plan.
Inspect – Signs of Mosquitoes
Most of the time, homeowners know they have a backyard mosquito problem when they head outside to enjoy their yard, only to get eaten alive. However, there are other signs you can see that show you have a problem before it becomes a huge one. Some signs that indicate you have a mosquito problem and need to learn the best way to control mosquitoes include:
- You hear a high buzzing sound
- You have standing water on your property
- You have shaded areas on your property
- You’re waking up with unexplained bug bites
- You see them in your home
Prepare – Remove Mosquitoes
If you’ve identified a mosquito problem, the next step is to get rid of the adult bugs. Mosquito traps are a non-toxic way to repel adult mosquitoes out of your yard. There are several types of mosquito traps that are commonly available like UV lights, adhesive traps, carbon dioxide traps, and water traps which attract and kill the bugs. Naturally mosquito-repelling plants like citronella, lemongrass, and marigolds can be planted around commonly used areas to help keep mosquitoes away as well. Citronella candles and lanterns are commonly used to deter the bugs from a space and these repelling methods are great at reducing the number of bites you may endure, but they don’t help to control populations.
If you have an infestation, then you likely have a breeding ground somewhere in your yard and removing adult mosquitoes is not enough. You’re going to need to remove habitats that are conducive to mosquito breeding in order to prevent them from coming back. Backyard mosquito sprays often include insecticides that kill off the adult mosquito population and the right spray can also kill mosquito larvae that are growing in stagnant water. Targeting larvae is the best way to ensure your mosquito control is effective.
Eradicating mosquito populations takes an integrative approach with environmental and habitat control as well as traps and insecticide use.
Spray – Use the Right Mosquito Repellents
If you use the right mosquito control backyard spray, it will not only eliminate adult mosquitoes but also prevent them from coming back. It’s critical that the spray used in your mosquito control for the yard is professionally applied and EPA approved. This is the only way to ensure it is not going to add toxins to your yard. Few local retailers will carry the type of EPA registered mosquito repellent you need that is industrial strength.
The best mosquito control will make your yard inhospitable to the pests. It coats surfaces with a substance that smells bad to the mosquitoes, which drives them from your yard. It also coats the surface of standing water to prevent larvae from hatching and developing. This two-pronged approach will prevent new infestations from developing after you deal with the existing one.
Schedule Backyard Mosquito Control Today
One of the best mosquito control tips is to be proactive. Take care of home mosquito control before the infestation gets bad. Get a free estimate and schedule Senske services to come to your home to apply mosquito control products, and enjoy a mosquito-free summer. Our process is guaranteed, so you can be confident that it will work.